This week’s crop of new music is definitely leaning on the more accessible end of the spectrum with the perfect records to soundtrack those summer nights under the stars.
We’ve got new records from Diffusion Lab’s Jafaris, two debut records from exciting up and comers and loads more to kick start your weekend.
Jafaris – Glue
Uncle Jafa is back with new music for the first time since releasing ‘Early‘ with Joy Crookes. ‘Glue’ is a stripped-back cut that sees the spitter trying to piece together various memories whilst reminiscing on the demise of his first serious relationship.
EFÉ – Seven
Word Up Collective’s Efé has dropped her hotly anticipated debut single. Having dropped a handful of loosies on Soundcloud under the monikor ‘Anita’, she took the time to develop her sound and has returned with a cut blending the raw elements commonly found in bedroom pop with tender RnB-inspired melodies.
Think the vulnerabilities of Kevin Abstract meet Clairo’s ear-worm hooks.
7th Obi – Caught Up
808s, astral soundscapes and melodic croons have been the lynchpin of Waterford’s 7th Obi’s career so far. However, in his latest offering ‘Caught Up’ he’s slowed things down, adding squelching synths and light and feminine backing vocals to craft a distinctly more trippy experience.
If anything it’s more of a move into the world of RnB and we are here for it.
Reggie – My Accent
Dundalk’s Reggie has come through with a thoughtful track that pays tribute to George Floyd.
‘My Accent’ swaps the usually darker instrumentals that Reggie has been accustomed to spitting over for a more aspirational sounding beat. Asking questions of the barriers holding black people back in Ireland, he flys the flag and makes his intentions are clear: that’s he’s here to make history.
Tebi Rex – I Got My Whole
Having featured on the sound track for ‘Normal People’ it’s only right that Kidlare duo Tebi Rex release a song about sex.
‘I Got My Whole’ sees the pair edge closer to towards their final form, with their style constantly developing a unique blend of indie and rap with head-nodding pop-sensibilities.
Hopefully this encourages Leo to make a clear and unambiguous statement about getting the ride during lockdown, we need answers!
Alex Tierney – Over The Maybes
Alex Tierney first received looks after being invited to open for Lewis Capaldi in The Olympia at the end of last year. Despite the interest he’s keeping it independent for now and his first single was recorded and produced at home in Dublin during quarantine with his own studio setup and mixed in LA by James Blake and Post Malone musical director Jonas Jalhay.
It’s a strong opener for the singer songwriter who appears destined to top the charts.
Listen for a dose of the Friday night feels.
Evan Miles – Late Night Feat. Rikshaw
Two of Anomaly’s heavy-hitters have joined forces for the spaced-out anthem ‘Late Night’.
Zapho & Tolü Makay – Collide Feat. Jenny Browne
The debut release as part of The X Collective comes courtesy of Zapho, Tolü Makay and Jenny Browne.
Recorded in lockdown, the infectious energy of the track is guided by the crisp production and smooth vocals.